Throughout the years, many functions have been held at Wright Historical Park. Crowds have gathered for live music in the pavilion or for children to see Santa in the Barbee Cabin, most unaware what was hidden behind the locked doors of the nearby historic William T. Miller Gristmill.
Although it’s been hidden from public view for nearly 30 years, many have been trying to get it open as a museum for quite a while. Locals have an opportunity to see the inside and help get it back on track on Aug. 1.
Dublin Historical Society president Mary Yantis reported that an enthusiastic group of interns with Jacobs engineering will be at the mill on Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 or 4 p.m. to help clean it up. Yantis hopes to get able-bodied locals to come out and help, assuring that equipment and water will be provided.
She said people can work as long as they’re able and she is willing to sign off on work done by teenagers looking for community service to put on applications.
While more chaotic than the last two entries in Hidden Dublin, the mill has just as much to see and offers a lot of insight into Dublin in years past.
The location sparked the interest of University of Texas at Arlington professor Donald Del Cid though who started making annual trips to the mill in 2011 with interns from Jacobs Engineering who cataloged the features and produced elevations.
After their visit this year, they presented Yantis with books detailing their work and findings. The books also offered ideas for renovating the mill into a museum.
See the July 31 edition for the complete story.
The 86th Annual Texas FFA State Convention was held at the Fort Worth Convention Center during the week of July 14-18. This year’s convention was attended by a record breaking 12,000 members and guests.
Dublin members attending the convention were Madison Taylor, Jessica Osinga, Cheyenne Holt, and Cameron Price. Jessica, Cheyenne, and Cameron received their Texas FFA State Degrees. Vanesa Medrano was also awarded her state degree, but was unable to attend the convention. Only two percent of state members receive this award. There are currently 104,000 Texas FFA Members. Madison served as a voting delegate during daily convention sessions, along with Cheyenne and Cameron. Cheyenne and Cameron also served on the Texas FFA State Courtesy Corp, which is in charge of overseeing crowd control, guest services, and enforcing rules and regulations on the voting delegate floor. Dublin FFA Members also helped elect a new state president, attended the FFA sponsored Casey Donahew Band Concert and VATAT sponsored dance. This year’s concert and dance was attended by over 7,000 FFA members. Also attending the convention from Dublin, were FFA Advisors Darren Price and Josh Beaty. Next year’s convention will be held in Corpus Christi during July.
Summer officially comes to a close for local athletes as the start of 2-a-days begins Monday, August 4.
The grueling, midsummer test of endurance begins for the Dublin Lion football teams at the high school practice fields at 6:15 a.m. For the Lady Lion volleyball teams, a 7 a.m. start at Memorial Stadium for their inaugural mile will kick off their 2-a-day workouts followed by conditioning and ball work at the high school.
Players must have a physical or medical history on file prior to Monday.
A number of dedicated Dublin athletes have worked hard all summer, including the 7-on-7 football team and the Lady Lions who continued playing volleyball through spring league and summer tournaments, to hone their skills and improve for the upcoming season.
Meet the Lions will be on Thursday, August 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Roy and Lynn Neff Gymnasium.
The Lady Lions will visit the Glen Rose Lady Tigers in their annual scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 8 and travel to Brownwood for a scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 9.
The Lingleville Cardinals and Lady Cardinals begin preseason workouts on Monday, Aug. 4 at 7 a.m.
Dancers and musicians aren’t getting a break either as practice begins the same day for the Dandi-Lions, cheerleades and the Sound of Dublin Band which will meet from 3-8 p.m. at Dublin High School.
For the second year in a row the Dublin Lions closed out the summer 7on7 season by competing in the Adidas Texas 7on7 State Championship Tournament this past week in College Station.
In order to participate in the State Tournament, you have to qualify. The Lions qualified over a month ago at the Brownwood State Qualifier by knocking off the host school in overtime in the championship round.
The State Tournament is broken up into two divisions. Division 1 consists of 5A and 6A schools. Division 2 consists of 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A schools. In pool play the Lions were matched up against Sealy, Argyle and Crockett. In 2013 Argyle won the 3A division II State Championship.
In the opening round of pool play, the Lions defeated Sealy 27-25, lost to Argyle 34-13 and lost to Crockett 33-27.
In bracket play on Friday, Dublin was matched up against Ft. Bend Christian. With an 8 a.m. start time, it took the team a little while to wake up but none the less the Lions emerged victorious by a score of 21-13. Up next for the Lions was Waco Robinson. It was a back and forth game with each school matching score for score. The Lions ended up on the short side of it by a score of 32-25 as time ran out on us.
See more coverage in the July 17 edition.
Laura Ellen Armstrong, 96, of Stephenville died on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Castle View Nursing Home.
She was born on Feb. 21, 1918 in Erath County to Hamilton Gaines and Ethel Agnes McCurdy.
She was wed on Sept. 14, 1939 to Delmar Dee Armstrong who preceded her in death on Jan. 15, 1967.
In life, Armstrong was a devoted homemaker and a member of Washington St. Baptist Church.
She is survived by two brothers, Joe Gaines of Bluff Dale, TX and Jack Gaines of Odessa, TX; and two sisters, Connie Turley of Garland, TX and Lois Pettijohn of Brownwood, TX.
Graveside services were Tuesday, July 29 at 10:30 a.m. at Dublin Live Oak Cemetery, Glenn Gaines officiating.
Jane Brown Kading of Stephenville passed away on July 21, 2014. She was born to Otis and Mary (McClure) Brown on March 4, 1931 in Dublin, Texas. She was a proud graduate of Dublin High School, class of 1948.
Jane married Horace Wayne Kading on August 5, 1950 in Midland, Texas. They lived in Odessa and Hobbs, but made Midland home in 1956.
Jane loved little children, her dogs, watching birds and reading. She was a talented seamstress and volunteered to run the James Bowie Elementary library for many years. After her husband died she moved to Lake Leon and then home to Dublin, just in time to help plan her 50th class reunion.
Jane was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Dixie Lee McIlroy; sister, Maxine Hawkins; and brothers, Sam Brown and Don Hoover. She is survived by daughter, Sherry Bell (Phillip) of Midland, son, Kelly Kading (Jana) of Glendale, Arizonia; son-in-law, Ron McIlroy of Burnsville, Minnesota. She is also survived by grandchildren, Tracy McIlroy (Lori), Erin McIlroy, Justin Bell (Samantha), Katherine Ehlers (Todd), Cameron Kading, and Kendall Kading. Her great grandchildren include, Cade and Cole McIlroy, Mae Ehlers and Michael Bell.
A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Harrell Funeral Home in Dublin, Friday evening. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Saturday morning at the Dublin Live Oak Cemetery on Highway 6.
In lieu of flowers, Jane would have loved memorial donations to the Dublin Library, the Dublin Historical Museum or any animal rescue organization.